Last week, we passed along the story that Mark Hamill wants fellow Star Wars actor and Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher to get a much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. More specifically, Hamill wants Fischer's star to replace the recently defaced one that belongs to Donald Trump. But today we're hearing that while the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomes a petition for the actress, a few issues are holding the ceremony back. Mainly that Fisher can't earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame until the fifth anniversary of her death.
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman, Ana Martinez says this:
"We want [fans] to express themselves. We would love for Carrie Fisher to have a star, but the application has to be submitted on the fifth anniversary of her death. It wouldn't be fair for the committee to be pressured into bending the rules for the actress, nor would it be fair to the families who have followed the chamber's protocol."
To keep all of this straight, they're saying that Fisher's family must wait until the fifth anniversary of her death before they can even submit an application for her star. Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016, so by that math, any petition to get her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame must not be submitted until 2021. And if that wasn't enough, evidently the chamber has a rule that the honoree must sign off on the honor with a written agreement. Which Fisher never signed before her death. Martinez adds:
"Also, how do we know that Carrie Fisher wanted one? We don't know if she ever was interested. She was never submitted for a star. We have to have something in writing from the person - they have to sign off. [In this case,] Her family would have to do that. We'll gladly take the application on the fifth anniversary."
In addition to having to wait until at least December 2021 to petition for Fisher's star, the actress' family would also have to pay for the making and installation of the star, the maintenance of all the stars through the Hollywood Historic Trust and a replica plaque for the honoree. All of this adding up to the tune of $50,000 the family must cover. Included in that fee would also be the city permits, security staff, barricades, and rain tents for the dedication ceremony, which would also need live streaming capabilities and other equipment. All of this is to say that, as much as all of us want to see Fisher get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it might be a few years before it actually happens.
On an interesting side note, Fisher's mother and Singin' in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds has two, count them out, two stars on the Walk of Fame. Reynolds snagged the first one for her movie roles and another for her famous live performances. On top of that, Mark Hamill himself received the 2,630th star on the Walk of Fame in March 2018. Here's hoping Carrie Fischer gets to join them on the walk sooner rather than later. This update comes to us via the LA Times.